Yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure to attend the end of year wrap-up for primary and secondary schools involved in Cows Create Careers Gippsland. A dozen schools attended (rough guess) with a few hundred students actively participating (double rough guess). Program coordinators, John Hutchison and Deanne Kennedy of Jaydee Events expertly weave the show together with an equal mix of participation from students, teachers, farmers and industry supporters. The Cows Create Careers program has been run by the pair since the early 2000s and aims to educate our young people about the great industry of dairy, the many career avenues and the nutritional benefits that dairy brings to your diet. John and Deanne deliver this message with the assistance of farmers and sponsors into schools around the country with school kids learning about how to feed and care for a calf whilst receiving educational lessons delivered in a humorous, interactive style designed as much for enjoyment as learning.
I’ve always wanted to see our Gippsland nutritionist, Daniel Espinosa dance the flamenco and yesterday as he ran around the room with a pedometer-heart-rate-monitor on his head I realised in that moment it might be the closest I come to it. Thanks for the memories John and Deanne and long may you be able to entertain and educate the youth of Australia around the greatness of dairy. Cheers, Nick.